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THE SKINNY DIPPING REPORT A calendar and guide to swimming naked in beautiful places around the world.

2012


January Photographer: Julia Fjelddalen Location: Nordnes Sjøbad, Bergen, Norway

The night was almost over and we were on our way to watch the sunrise at the sea shore. Dawn was near and first rays of light had started to paint the city with its blues, whites and silvers. There were twelve of us and I don’t remember whose idea it was to go skinny dipping, but suddenly we were all standing there naked, ready to jump into the water.

Go: The train ride from Oslo is spectacular and takes about seven hours. Direct flights are also available from major European cities. Stay: Several options are available on Airbnb for around $100/night, including a house on the sea. For a little more money, try To Søstre (“Two Sisters”), a charming family-run guesthouse in Bergen’s historic center. Eat: On Thursdays, go to Pingvinen or Bjellands Kjøkken for raspeballer, local potato dumplings usually served with bacon, sausage, salted sheep’s meat, melted butter, and mashed rutabaga. Also, don’t miss Bergen’s Toget Fish Market for prawn baguettes, fish cakes, and local caviar. Drink: Stop in at the Altona Vinbar for good music in underground rooms dating back to the 16th century.

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February Photographer: Martin Wunderwald Location: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Iceland

We trekked two hours from the tourist area in the direction of the glacier. We wanted to get as close as possible to take this photo. We dipped our toes in the water. It could not have been more than 7 degrees celsius. We knew that we would not have long. We used my old Seagull twin lens camera with expired film. We took off our clothes and raced to the ice block, took the photo, and raced back. This is why the water looks blurry - because we were only on these ice blocks for 5 seconds. It was one of the greatest feelings ever to step with the cold feet into the hot black sand, warmed by the volcano beneath us. Go: Bus service in Iceland is efficient and punctual, while car rental can be expensive. Either way, Jökulsárlón is about 5 hours from Reykjavik, so plan to spend the night. Stay: The guesthouse on the working farm of Hali is just 13K east of the lagoon and offers cozy accommodation. Eat: Arctic char at Hali is as fresh as it gets. Also try humarsupa, traditional Iceland lobster soup. Drink: Brennivín is Iceland’s signature liquor and it’s not for the faint of heart. Similar to Scandinavian akvavit, it is colloquially known as svarti dauði or “black death” due to its menacing black label.

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March Photographer: Lisa Wassmann Location: The island of Usedom, in the Baltic Sea, on the border between Germany and Poland

While looking for my boyfriend at the beach, I met Annemarie close to where her family has a trailer.  Except for a long wide open beach, there is nothing, just nature with beautiful windshaped trees. She was very beautiful, so I asked her if I could take a picture. We are still in contact and I look forward to seeing her there again sometime.

Go: From Berlin, Usedom is two and a half hours by car and slightly longer by train. Stay: Heringsdorf, a popular resort town on the island’s northern coast, was a favorite spa destination for German emperors. Famous for its spa architecture, it is known as “the bathtub of Berlin.” Rent a room in one of the gorgeous Wilhelminian mansions that line Heringsdorf’s coastal promenade. Or rent a camper and park it at one of several campgrounds near the shore. Eat: Try the herring pralines at Restaurant Stellwerk at the old train station in Heringsdorf. Drink: Stop by the Usedomer Brauhaus for a locally brewed beer and a tour of the brewery.

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April Photographer: Tamara Lichtenstein Location: Lake Livingston, Livingston TX, USA

I took these at a birthday party for my good friend, Cara. She has a house on Lake Livingston, TX, and all of us got together to celebrate. There was tons of food; Doritos, cheese, tacos, and everything that is terrible for you. Alcohol was really all we needed though. We were drinking PBR by the lake, and soon enough, one turned into several PBR’s and in the blink of an eye my friends were skinny dipping! I shot these with my Yashica T3, which I have on me at all times. A few minutes after the shoot, my camera broke! Thankfully, the film survived. I’ve known these girls through my teen years, and wouldn’t expect anything but spontaneity out of them. Go: By car, about an hour and a half north of Houston. Stay: Camp at one of 5,000 campsites in Lake Livingston State Park or rent a cabin on the lake. Eat: Lake Livingston catfish. Catch and fry your own or try Florida’s Kitchen in Livingston for this and other regional specialties like chicken-fried steak and Texas barbecue. Drink: Cold PBR.

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May Photographer: Dimitri Karakostas Location: Hanlan’s Point, The Toronto Islands, Toronto, Canada

First beach day of the year. We biked all over the island searching for the perfect spot. And, well, here it is. We were all covered with mosquito bites come sundown, but it was worth it. The photo was taken with a Nikon F5. The roll fell out of my hand into the water when I was changing film.

Go: Regular ferry service is available from Queen’s Quay. The trip takes about 15 minutes. Paved paths make for great cycling, so bring a bike. Stay: There is no lodging on the Toronto Islands and camping is prohibited so best make this one a day trip. Eat: On your way to the Queen’s Quay ferry terminal, stop by the St. Lawrence Market to buy local vittles for a picnic. Toronto’s iconic Peameal bacon sandwich is served at Paddington’s Pump, Sausage King, and Carousel Bakery, all located within the market. Buy one from each and compare. Drink: Big Wheel Deluxe Amber by Amsterdam Brewery, Hop Addict by County Durham Brewing Co., Amber Passion by The Three Brewers, Stratford Pilsner by Stratford Brewing Co., and Arkell Best Bitter by Wellington Brewery.

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June Photographer: Anabel Navarro Llorens Location: Alcoy, Spain

I took this photo a year ago at my friend María’s pool party, which she always throws at the beginning of the summer. We were 8 girls. We filled a big watermelon with rum and juice, like we do every year, and just spent all day sunbathing and swimming naked in the pool. The most important part of the day for me was the freedom that I felt taking photos of nude people. I mean, everybody was naked and I was taking pictures all afternoon and nobody was worried about it. They were very natural, and I think this is reflected in the photos. It is part of the magic. Go: An hour and a half from Alicante via coastal tram. Alicante is accessible by high-speed train from the rest of Spain. Cheap flights to Alicante from many European cities can also be found. Stay: Many options are available, from camping to four star hotels. Eat: The area is renowned for its cuisine, especially fish, shellfish, hearty rice dishes, and stews. Don’t miss Llauna de Calp (fish stew), Putxero amb Pilotes (meatball and vegetable stew), Lubina a la Sal (bass baked in salt), Fideuà (a noodle dish usually made with white-fleshed fish and crustaceans) and of course, Paella. Drink: Agua de Valencia, a cocktail made with orange juice and Cava, local sparkling wine.

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July Photographer: Sara Costa Escobar Location: Menorca, Spain

Two friends and I decided to explore the island of Menorca by bicycle for fifteen days. We didn’t have anywhere to stay, so we slept in coves, beaches, and sometimes in the street. It was an exhausting trip but we had some really incredible moments. There was nothing extraordinary about the moment this photograph was taken. It was simple: just endless hours jumping and giggling in the waves.

Go: Regular ferry service is available from mainland Spain and Majorca. From Barcelona to the port of Ciutadella, the trip takes four hours. Stay: Follow Sara’s example and wing it. Alternatively, if that’s not your style, a five-bedroom farmhouse near Mahón can be booked through Owners Direct for €100/night. Eat: Formatge de Maó, the soft white cheese also known as Mahón, is native to Menorca. Also try caldereta de langosta, lobster stew. Drink: Pomada, a cocktail made with lemonade and a brand of locally distilled gin called Xoriguer.

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August That day, we walked along the raspberry path to the river where Vero wanted to practice her swimming techniques. Our mouths were dry and our skin was hot. We walked past the fisherman’s hut with the angry dog tied outside. Crabs were everywhere.

Photographer: Romani Pietrafesa Location: Arroyo Solís Grande, Solís, Uruguay

Solís is a small town on the Uruguayan coast with no shopping mall or discos. All of my family members own houses there. That summer, I stayed at my mother’s house, but I spent all of my childhood summers at my grandparents’ house. The spot where the beach and the river meet is my favorite place in the world. The water is a mixture of ocean water and fresh water from the Arroyo Solís and the Rio de la Plata. Sometimes, the water is clearly river water. Other times, the current shifts and carries salt water and sea life in from the ocean. This was one of those times. The water was full of jellyfish and the river was swollen like a giant uterus. Vero undressed to swim so that the jellyfish wouldn’t distrust her human clothing. Later, by the cliff, we rubbed mud all over our bodies. We stayed at the river for hours, watching the crabs walk sideways and run away from our fingers. Go: Bus service is available from Montevideo and Punta del Este. Bicycles and mopeds can be rented in the neighboring town of Piriapolis from one of several locations on Piria Avenue. Stay: Camping is permitted at several sites along the coast between Solís and Piriapolis. Eat: Fresh mussels with rice from any local bar. Note that since mussels must be harvested fresh, availability is dependent on daily tidal conditions. Drink: Uruguay’s quintessential wine is Tannat, known for its dark color and complex flavor profile. Try it.

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September This photograph was taken on one of the only nice days of the summer in 2009. It was early September, but the days that weekend were still hot. My then girlfriend and I drove up to Killarney Provincial Park for a weekend camping trip. We canoed across George Lake, ate sandwiches, took off our clothes and swam for hours.

Photographer: Matthew Tammaro Location: George Lake, Killarney Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada

Off of George Lake, there are a bunch of other smaller lakes that you can walk around and swim from rock peninsula to rock peninsula. You hardly see any people here. There are spots remote enough to enjoy the wilderness, be naked, have sex, all with a beautiful view. The rocks in Killarney are granite and quartzite and have been rounded and smoothed from wind and water erosion. And all the algae in the lakes have been killed by acid rain from Sudbury, creating the clearest water, letting you see your canoe shadow thirty meters deep on the rock floor. They’re some of the most comfortable rocks to lie on and the freshest waters to swim in. We canoed back to our camp site and slept under two sleeping bags because the nights were cold by then. That weekend was one of my favourite times with her. Go: By car, about five hours north of Toronto. Stay: Matt recommends Campsite #108 on George Lake. Eat: Go to Herbert’s Fisheries in the village of Killarney for fish and chips on your way in, and again on your way out.   Drink: Bring a filter for drinking water.

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October The photo was taken in western Belarus very close to the Lithuanian border. My family owns a woodhouse here. It’s a quiet and laid back area. You won’t find any bars and restaurants in the neighborhood. One man in the village just half a mile upstream runs a small farm hotel. He has a horse trained for riding if you’re interested. There’s another village two or three miles away. They used to run a disco night in the club every Saturday there. I think they still do it. It’s pretty much for those under twenty though.

Photographer: Masha Zhdanava Location: Smarhon, Hrodna Voblast, Belarus

Skinny dipping is one of the best things to do in the area. You can do it all day every day and probably won’t be noticed by anyone. Activities to compliment include berries and mushrooms picking, fishing, hanging in a hammock and such. I took this photo of a friend while she was staying with me in the woodhouse in the summer of 2010. We woke up very early and went to the bank. The river stream is so powerful here that it beats you off your feet when you’re in, and the water runs through every part of your body really fast. If you are going for an early swim like this one, there is nothing better than a large cup of tea afterwards.

Go: From Minsk, two and a half hours by car or two hours by train. From Vilnius, two hours by car or three hours by train. Stay: If you would like to stay at the farm hotel up the stream from Masha, let us know and we will send word through her. Eat: Khaladnik, a cold borscht made of beets, beet leaves or sorrel and served with sour cream, hard-boiled eggs, and boiled potatoes. Drink: A large cup of tea after a cold swim. If something stronger is needed, try krambambula, vodka diluted with water, mixed with honey, and flavored with spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, red and black pepper).

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November Photographer: Andrés Castañeda Location: Atlixco, Puebla, México

I took this in Atlixco, México. We could hear the rush of the river from the old hacienda we were using as a location. So we went there, shooting from time to time in the middle of the road, hiding from the people around us, until we found it. Poly, the model, said it was cold, but she truly loved the idea of being naked in nature. She said that was the best part of the shoot. Next time, we’ll remember to bring a towel.

Go: By car, an hour and forty five minutes southeast of Mexico City. Stay: The best options can be found in Mexico City and neighboring Puebla. Eat: Chiles en nogada, poblano chiles filled with picadillo (a mixture usually containing shredded meat, fruits and spices) topped with a walnut-based cream sauce and pomegranate seeds. Drink: Agua Fresca, especially Flor de Jamaica, hibiscus flower.

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December Photographer: Alexey Kovalev Location: Rostov-na-Donu, Rostovskaya Oblast, Russia

That day, my friends were visiting. I had just started to organize my little photo workshop and I needed some help, so my friends came and brought beer. I live far away from everything, without sewer, Internet, or fashion magazines from overseas. We were cleaning, drinking, joking, smoking. Someone had the idea to go for a little swim in the River Don. I decided to take a camera. The place where we went is a secret place. Only those who were born in the area know about it. For that reason, you can often meet interesting people there and you always have something to chat about. One of the people there that day was named Dima. We talked a little and I decided to take a couple of shots of the memory. By that time, it was evening, dark enough so that the atmosphere passed on to the picture. I remember those days. They were full of magic. Go: Regular flights available via Moscow, St. Petersburg, Istanbul, Vienna, Dusseldorf, and Frankfurt. Stay: The Pushkinskaya Hotel, a 19th century mansion a few blocks from the banks of the Don. Room rates start at about $100/night. Eat: Pelmeni, a traditional Russian dish similar to ravioli, and syrnicki, or quark cheese pancakes garnished with sour cream, jam, honey, or apple sauce. Drink: Kvass, a fermented beverage made with wheat, rye, or barley, and sometimes flavored with fruit, berries, raisins, or birch sap collected in early springtime.

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Photographer: Julia Fjelddalen Model: Caroline Lytskjold Location: Nordnes Sjøbad, Bergen, Norway

Photographer: Martin Wunderwald Model: Georg Müller, Martin Wunderwald Location: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Iceland

Photographer: Lisa Wassmann Model: Anne Marie Preuschmann Location: The island of Usedom, in the Baltic Sea, on the border between Germany and Poland

Photographer: Tamara Lichtenstein Model: Danielle Henry, Erin Krimian, Bambi Renee Location: Lake Livingston, Livingston TX, USA

Photographer: Dimitri Karakostas Model: Sarah B., Lili H. Location: Hanlan’s Point, The Toronto Islands, Toronto, Canada

Photographer: Anabel Navarro Llorens Model: Maria Abad, Marta Garcia, Lucia Mataix, Alba Jimenez Location: Alcoy, Spain

Photographer: Sara Costa Escobar Model: Patricia Gonzalez Bernal Location: Menorca, Spain

Photographer: Romani Pietrafesa Model: Veronica Dobrich Location: Arroyo Solís Grande, Solís, Uruguay

Photographer: Matthew Tammaro Model: Jillian Vieira Location: George Lake, Killarney Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada

Photographer: Masha Zhdanava Model: Nata Holava Location: Smarhon, Hrodna Voblast, Belarus

Photographer: Andrés Castañeda Model: Poly Macías Location: Atlixco, Puebla, México

Photographer: Alexey Kovalev Model: Dimitri Artamonev Location: Rostov-na-Donu, Rostovskaya Oblast, Russia

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